Dot’s Downtown Beat

DOT’S BEAT: Dot’s Montpelier Wish List

DOT’S BEAT: Dot’s Montpelier Wish List

by  Dot Helling This “snowbird” is about to fly her Vermont coop for the snowy, sunny Rockies. Saying farewell to my home state, even for a few months, always tears at my heart strings. In anticipating my 2018 return home, I’ve put together my “Montpelier Wish List.” This list is by no means exclusive or […]

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier’s Numbers

by Dot Helling What’s in a number? A number is a total amount or quantity as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Using numbers is a way of keeping track of things. While numerology deals with the occult significance of numbers, number theory is the mathematical study of integers (whole numbers that can be positive, negative, or […]

DOT’S BEAT: Walkers With Purpose 

DOT’S BEAT: Walkers With Purpose 

story and photos by Dot Helling One of the beauties of Montpelier is its “walkability,” a primary reason why I like living downtown, and so that I can drive as little as possible. Not only does less driving save on gas, but I feel I am doing my part to help save the environment by […]

DOT’S BEAT: How Contests Shape Montpelier

by Dot Helling Montpelier is a city of “contests,” whimsical and fun, for fundraising and creative incentives. A “contest” is generally defined by Webster’s as an event in which people engage in competition, usually to attain a position of power. The purpose of a contest can be synonymous with social reasons or simply a means to […]

DOT’S BEAT: The Mystique of Our Cemeteries

DOT’S BEAT: The Mystique of Our Cemeteries

story and photos by Dot Helling My first encounter with a cemetery was at age 5, when we were laying my father to rest. He was buried in a beautiful, serene setting, a cemetery where now you need a computer- generated map to locate the graves. I’m not aware of any such expansion occurring in […]

Changes, Changes, Changes! Dot Helling Regrets Loss of the Coffee Corner

Changes, Changes, Changes! Dot Helling Regrets Loss of the Coffee Corner

by Dot Helling Montpelier is steadily changing. Change is inevitable and can be good, but change can also be unsettling and create a sense of loss and displacement. I’m viscerally aware of the changes because I leave each winter for Colorado. I return each spring because this is my home, Vermont is my politics, and […]

DOT’S BEAT: How To Survive Another Winter

by Dot Helling Vermonters pay a price for living in this wonderful place — winter! When the snow fall is good and arctic blasts don’t bottom out our temperatures, Vermont can be heavenly for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and snowshoers. But how do we maintain our sanity when the conditions rollercoaster and are not so good? […]

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier’s Guinness Records

by Dot Helling I‘ve been thinking about a Montpelier book of “Guinness World Records.” What in this city might qualify for such a list? Here are some of my thoughts. The longest clothesline in the city is strung behind a house on Cummings Street and measures about 200 feet long. I have never seen clothes […]

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

by Dot Helling In 2015 I wrote a well received piece about some of Montpelier’s friendliest people including Gary Bergeron, Amy Cox, Michelle Pitzner, Erich Rosenstreich, George Estes and others. Here are some more. See if you know them. Stop them and say hello. Beat them to the punch. Richard Young works at Yankee Wine […]

DOT’S BEAT: Local’s Unique Vocations and Avocations

DOT’S BEAT: Local’s Unique Vocations and Avocations

by Dot Helling I like to write about the uniqueness of “Montpeculiar” and its downtown and area residents. Many of our residents work at unique vocations and avocations. In this anti-smoking age which she likens to “Prohibition,” Carole Burns of Montpelier makes her living as a tobacconist dealing in tobaccos and fine briar pipes. In 1980 […]